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Comment: Re:It's my choice to kill my kid! (Score 1) 606

by budgenator (#49533429) Attached to: Bill To Require Vaccination of Children Advances In California

In the Army, you didn't have to get all of those shots, but if you didn't get the shots, and contracted an illness those shots would have prevented there would have been a Courts Martial for you. I'd be open to anti-vaxers being criminally liable for harm done to their children by neglecting their vaccinations.

Comment: Re:Skating, not butthole surfing (Score 1) 128

by budgenator (#49529173) Attached to: Breakthrough In Artificial Photosynthesis Captures CO2 In Acetate

My comment was poorly worded, the "them" was meant to be the IPCC and Climatologists in general, not specifically the IPCC alone;

the GAO found that the State Department provided $19 million for administrative and other expenses, while the United States Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) provided $12.1 million in technical support through the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF), averaging an annual $3.1 million to the IPCC over 10 years -- $31.1 million so far. U.S. Taxpayers Cover Nearly Half the Cost of U.N.’s Global Warming Panel

but for Climatologists and Green Energy in general

According to the GAO, annual federal climate spending has increased from $4.6 billion in 2003 to $8.8 billion in 2010, amounting to $106.7 billion over that period. The money was spent in four general categories: technology to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, science to understand climate changes, international assistance for developing countries, and wildlife adaptation to respond to actual or expected changes. Technology spending, the largest category, grew from $2.56 billion to $5.5 billion over this period, increasingly advancing over others in total share. Data compiled by Joanne Nova at the Science and Policy Institute indicates that the U.S. Government spent more than $32.5 billion on climate studies between 1989 and 2009. This doesn’t count about $79 billion more spent for climate change technology research, foreign aid and tax breaks for “green energy.” The Alarming Cost Of Climate Change Hysteria

so yes I stand by my billions. It's just stupid to think the IPCC would cherry-pick data that undermines their entire purpose for existing.

Comment: Re:Why not? (Score 1) 670

by budgenator (#49519111) Attached to: William Shatner Proposes $30 Billion Water Pipeline To California

I hope you realise that Shatner is an idiot, Detroit gets a significant portion of it's water from lake Huron through a 120 inch pipe and sells a portion to Flint, additionally Flint is putting in another pipeline north of the DWSD pipeline, an 80 inch pipeline; Shanter's 48 inch pipe is meaningless.

Comment: Re:Here's a better idea (Score 1) 670

by budgenator (#49515213) Attached to: William Shatner Proposes $30 Billion Water Pipeline To California

Interesting, in Michigan farmers who grow alfalfa, cut it and let it lay until it's dry before they bale it. That way you don't lose the water, it stays local. I can't even imagine how you would ship wet baled alfalfa to china in a ship without it catching fire from the fermentation! It's hard to imagine exporting Alfalfa to China period, but stranger things have happened, I'd imagine the shipping would be several times the cost of the alfalfa.

Comment: Re:Skating, not butthole surfing (Score 0) 128

by budgenator (#49496255) Attached to: Breakthrough In Artificial Photosynthesis Captures CO2 In Acetate

Either it's sarcasm or you're an idiot, because it's easy to release carbon. What's hard is putting it back in the bottle.

No what's hard is convincing people that what was happening 18 years ago isn't happening now.

The IPCC AR5 notes the lack of warming since 1998:

[T]he rate of warming over the past 15 years (1998–2012) [is] 0.05 [–0.05 to +0.15] C per decade)which is smaller than the rate calculated since 1951 (1951–2012) [of] 0.12 [0.08 to 0.14] C per decade. IPCC AR5 weakens the case for AGW

OMG is that actually a negative warming in the range of possibilities reported by the IPCC?

Comment: Re:They're called trees. (Score 1) 128

by budgenator (#49495609) Attached to: Breakthrough In Artificial Photosynthesis Captures CO2 In Acetate

It's encouraging that Taylor gets it, but the real problem is going to be convincing the the guitarists and violinists; there is a lot of superstitions involved in luthiery and especially in the classical markets. Currently most ebony available for reasonable priced instruments has had a coat of Lincoln black shoe dye applied to it, but admitting it publicly would kill your market. Everyone who considers themselves an elite performer is going to think that B grade Ebony is OK for the masses, but they'll get the "good" stuff because they are special, and a lot of mediocre players consider themselves elite performers.

The only reason they use ebony is because Stradivarius and Torres didn't have plastic.

Comment: Re:Decent (Score 1) 482

by budgenator (#49485457) Attached to: Seattle CEO Cuts $1 Million Salary To $70K, Raises Employee Salaries

What he just did was remove all money worries from his staff. Now all their focus can go on increasing the value of his business.

Hopefully, but in most cases, bills tend to rise to meet available cash for some reason. Often when household incomes hit the $70K-$140K range depending on location, household money management starts to get strategic instead of purely tactical and things change.

Comment: Re:wildfires? (Score 1) 304

by budgenator (#49443021) Attached to: Obama Says Climate Change Is Harming Americans' Health

the NASA Aqua has on board a radiometer that measures the upward microwave radiation from molecules in the Earth's lower troposphere. these radiometers are calibrated against both an on-board platinum wire thermometer and the Cosmic Microwave Background. From these readings the temperature of the air can be calculated.

Data are available as global, hemispheric, zonal, and gridded averages. The global average covers 97-98% of the earth's surface, excluding only latitudes above +85 degrees, below -85 degrees and, in the cases of TLT and TMT, some areas with land above 1500 m altitude. The hemispheric averages are over the northern and southern hemispheres 0 to +/-85 degrees. The gridded data provide an almost global temperature map
UAH satellite temperature dataset Geographic coverage

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